Audio & Video from Previous Semesters
The 2012 Lozano Long Conference: A LLILAS-CMAS Collaboration — Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America
February 22-25, 2012
2012 Lozano Long Conference Keynote Address by Eva Longoria, Actor, Activist, and Philanthropist
Interview and Performance by Chingo Bling, rapper and entrepreneur
Keynote speaker: Norma Torres, Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Featured speaker: Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Arizona State University
Featured speaker: Claudia Milian Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University
Featured speaker: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Featured speaker: Father Alejandro Solalinde, Catholic priest and immigrant rights activist
Featured speaker: Domingo Hernández Ixcoy, Maya activist and Director of Asociacion Maya Uk’ux’b’e
Featured speaker: Hector Tobar, Journalist, Los Angeles Times
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Interview with Chingo Bling by T-Kay Sangwand (Human Rights Archivist, Benson Latin American Collection)
Interview with Chingo Bling by Andrea Zarate
Politics of Memory: Guatemala's National Police Archive, December 2, 2011
At a conference held on December 2, 2011, The University of Texas at Austin unveiled a website and digital archive making publicly accessible approximately twelve million pages of digitized records of the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN), the Guatemalan National Police Archive. The digital archive is the cornerstone of a collaboration designed to transform the AHPN’s unique records into a living archive in service of Guatemala’s historical memory. The website brings to researchers, human rights activists, and prosecutors around the world an archive that has already begun to help rewrite the history of state repression in Guatemala.
The Politics of Memory conference was the beginning of a larger collaboration outlined in a 2011 letter of understanding between the AHPN and three institutions at the university: LLILAS, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the University of Texas Libraries, which is home to the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.
Video of the entire conference, including two panels, two keynote addresses, and the unveiling of the digital archive, is available on the conference website.
Below is a brief video with comments highlighting the significance of the launching of the AHPN digital archive by several of those who were instrumental in this effort: Daniel M. Brinks, Co-Director of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; Anna Carla Ericastilla, Director of the Archivo General de Centroamérica; Ariel Dulitzky, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Clinic; Fred Heath, Vice Provost and UT Libraries Director; Gustavo Meoño, National Coordinator of the AHPN; and Charles R. Hale, Director of LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection:
Feature: LLILAS Tinker Visiting Professor Juan Restrepo, Fall 2011
The Andes range exhibits a very delicate variety of ecosystems and environments along its prolonged trajectory, which has made it particularly vulnerable to the onslaught of modernity and human activity.
While the increasing intensity of natural disasters in tropical areas is often blamed on global warming, the causes might not be as intractable. Soil erosion and deforestation, both caused by unrestrained human activity, can affect an ecosystem more profoundly.
Dr. Juan Restrepo, one of Colombia's top hydrographers and the LLILAS 2011-2012 Tinker Visiting Professor, offers his insights and vast knowledge to illuminate the issue. Drawing from Colombia's experience with man-made ecological modifications, he sketches out the implications of human pressure on fluvial ecosystems, with the hope that this information will better equip citizens and policymakers across the developing world.
Afro-Latin Performance Week, April 2011
LLILAS Associate Director Juliet Hooker discusses the background to this innovative collaboration between LLILAS and the ArtesAmericas program of the UT Performing Arts Center.
Yosvany Terry, Walking Over Waves (Madre Afrekete) - Afro-Latin Performance Week, Spring 2011
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and LLILAS. Cuban-born Yosvany Terry brings his latest jazz project, Ye-dé-gbé and the Afro-Caribbean Legacy, to UT’s Hogg Memorial Auditorium for an evening infused with influences of the Afro-Caribbean Arará culture and the American jazz form. This performance was part of the LLILAS-sponsored Afro-Latin Performance Week, April 2011.
Lozano Long Student Awards Reception, Spring 2011
Haiti: Between Destruction and Hope
After the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Maggie Steber photographed the destruction along a quarter-mile stretch of the Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines—commonly known as the Grande Rue—a busy street that serves as both a commercial and cultural center in Haiti’s capital. The resulting composite image, which was featured in the New York Times’s coverage of the earthquake, depicts collapsed colonial buildings, local business owners, police guards, and a flurry of activity in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Accompanying the Grande Rue composites are a selection of photographs that highlight not only physical devastation but also hope and human agency in the face of disaster.
The Haiti: Between Destruction and Hope photo exhibit was on display at LLILAS from February 23 through April 8, 2011. The video below is from the photo exhibit opening reception on February 23. The Haiti photo exhibit was part of the The 2011 Lozano Long Conference – From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean.
Periodismo y violencia en México, 2005-2010: Los años del miedo, Entrega de manuscrito (1/3)
Periodismo y violencia en México, 2005-2010: Los años del miedo, Jacinto Rodríguez (2/3)
Periodismo y violencia en México, 2005-2010: Los años del miedo, Darío Ramírez (3/3)
Faculty Book Series: "Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982–1983"
Monday, November 22, 2010
Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Associate Professor
Disscussant: Raul Madrid, Associate Professor
Drawing on newly-available primary sources such as guerrilla documents, evangelical pamphlets, speech transcripts, and declassified US government records, Dr. Virginia Garrard Burnett is able to provide a fine-grained picture of what happened during General Efrain Rio Montt's rule in Guatemala.
Listen to an audio recording of this event:
Discussion: "Identidades Mayas Contemporaneas: Una Conversacion con Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj y Manuel Felipe Perez Lopez"
October 22, 2010
Irma Alicia Velaszuez Nimatuj, Executive Director, Mecanismo de Apoyo a los Pueblos Indigenas
Manuel Felipe Perez Lopez, Programmer and Producer, Contacto Ancestral, KPFK Radio
Moderated by Dr. Luis Carcamo-Huechante, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and graduate student Giovanni Batts
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Panel: "Ciudad Juárez: Caught in the Crossfire"
April 12, 2010
José Reyes Ferriz, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez
Ricardo Ainslie, Department of Educational Psychology
Cecilia Balli, Department of Anthropology
John Burnett, National Public Radio
A discussion about the wave of violence that has affected Ciudad Juárez and the impact it has for citizen security on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border (video courtesy of UT Office of Public Affairs).